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Samsung Ace SPH-i325 review

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The Samsung Ace SPH-i325 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Combine a world-capable phone with a Blackjack tablet form factor and you get the Samsung SPH-i325.

The Samsung SPH-i325 should appeal to a segment of business customers who enjoy the Microsoft Windows 6.0 OS and Direct Push Technology that sends emails to your device automatically. The overall feature set speaks to productivity, including a PDF viewer, conference calling, voice dialing, speakerphone, Bluetooth 2.0, along with the base feature set now expected on most devices (notepad, contact customization, etc.).

Boasting an impressive 2.3 inch 320x240 pixel display, there is plenty of room to enjoy surfing the net and you won’t need to squint to view documents.

As with other tablet phones, the keyboard is a prickly subject. While the keys are spaced close together, Samsung did play the navigation array above the keyset, so accidently hitting the wrong key while using the directional keys is considerably reduced.

On the left spine you will find an AC adapter/headset connection port (proprietary), and on the right spine you’ll find the microSD slot, scroll wheel and escape key. Having the scroll wheel on the side instead of on the face arguably reduces confusion. The camera lens, self-portrait mirror and speaker are on the back.

Aside from being a world phone the Samsung SPH-i325 is largely Sprint’s version of the Blackjack.

The Samsung SPH-i325 is a CDMA phone by default but it also has GSM support so that you can use different SIM cards when traveling in other countries. Do note however, the SPH-i325 will not work on 3G networks overseas.

If you like the tablet form factor and the Window OS, the Samsung SPH-i325 is one to consider.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
416 MHz
Screen Size
2.3"
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

Okay, let's make one thing clear before we start out: Apple's iPhone is the handset of the moment - maybe even the next few moments. While this isn't exactly news to anyone, it may come as a surprise (to even the most pretentious gadget hound) that there is a healthy second-tier of business-savvy PD...

- Erik Malinowski , Wired
Mobile Tech Review

Really liked the Samsung BlackJack and BlackJack II but wanted to stay with Sprint? The Samsung Ace is finally your chance to have your cake and eat it. On top of that, the Samsung Ace is a world phone with support for both US CDMA and international GSM. The phone’s specs are competitive among...

- Tong Zhang, Mobile Tech Review
MobileBurn

The Samsung Ace has pretty much everything that a good business phone needs to have these days. It has a nice keyboard, a good form factor, and the ability to run all sorts of specialized, 3rd party applications.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn


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Samsung released the Ace SPH-i325 on February 18, 2008.


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Samsung backs up the Ace SPH-i325 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.3"

The Samsung Ace SPH-i325's screen size is 2.3 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
416 MHz

There is a PXA270 416 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

Ace SPH-i325 Specs

Overview
Release date February 18, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
900/1800 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EV-DO
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Mobile 6.0

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Processor PXA270 416 MHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 96 MB
ROM 192 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.36 W/kg
Body: 1.28 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 111 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Internet Explorer Mobile, Windows Media Player Mobile
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung i325

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Critic Reviews


Wired

Feels just right physically, metaphysically it feels like much of the same

from Wired

Okay, let's make one thing clear before we start out: Apple's iPhone is the handset of the moment - maybe even the next few moments. While this isn't exactly news to anyone, it may come as a surprise (to even the most pretentious gadget hound) that there is a healthy second-tier of business-savvy PDA/phone combos hitting the market right before the iPhone celebrates its first birthday...

More

Okay, let's make one thing clear before we start out: Apple's iPhone is the handset of the moment - maybe even the next few moments. While this isn't exactly news to anyone, it may come as a surprise (to even the most pretentious gadget hound) that there is a healthy second-tier of business-savvy PDA/phone combos hitting the market right before the iPhone celebrates its first birthday.

Leading this charge is the Samsung Ace, the CDMA counterpart of the GSM equipped BlackJack II. There are times when the Ace is a legitimate competitor to the iPhone and then there are times when the handset simply gets stuffed short of the goal line.

On the plus side it's cheap: With rebates and all, you can scoop up an Ace for a thrifty $200. And as a phone, it's more than competent: Call quality was clear, and the ergonomics were much improved over the original hard-to-hold BlackJack. Confession time: I am a sports junkie. Like a Sid Vicious of statistics. When using the original BlackJack, I noticed pronounced hand cramping after two weeks of solid Internet use. With the Ace I didn't feel so much as an ache - even after a fortnight's worth of frantically scoping scores.

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Mobile Tech Review

The Samsung Ace sits in between the BlackJack and the BlackJack II feature-wise with Windows Mobile 6, full QWERTY keyboard, EVDO and 1.3 megapixel ca

from Mobile Tech Review

Really liked the Samsung BlackJack and BlackJack II but wanted to stay with Sprint? The Samsung Ace is finally your chance to have your cake and eat it. On top of that, the Samsung Ace is a world phone with support for both US CDMA and international GSM. The phone’s specs are competitive am...More

Really liked the Samsung BlackJack and BlackJack II but wanted to stay with Sprint? The Samsung Ace is finally your chance to have your cake and eat it. On top of that, the Samsung Ace is a world phone with support for both US CDMA and international GSM. The phone’s specs are competitive among Windows Mobile Smartphones and Sprint adds Sprint TV for a little fun. At $199 with contract and rebates, the Samsung Ace is $100 more than the MOTO Q9c. But if you need that international GSM capability, this is the price you pay.

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MobileBurn

Has pretty much everything that a good business phone needs to have these days

from MobileBurn

The Samsung Ace has pretty much everything that a good business phone needs to have these days. It has a nice keyboard, a good form factor, and the ability to run all sorts of specialized, 3rd party applications. The fact that it can easily be used as a wired or Bluetooth 3G modem for a laptop certainly doesn't hurt, either.

While it might lack some of the sex appeal that a wine red BlackJack II has, Samsung's SPH-i325 Ace is probably going to please an awful lot of people because of all the things it does well, and the fact that it appears to have no real shortcomings at all. While I am a bit concerned about how easily the chrome on the d-pad started coming off, I still give it an enthusiastic "Highly Recommended" rating....

More

The Samsung Ace has pretty much everything that a good business phone needs to have these days. It has a nice keyboard, a good form factor, and the ability to run all sorts of specialized, 3rd party applications. The fact that it can easily be used as a wired or Bluetooth 3G modem for a laptop certainly doesn't hurt, either.

While it might lack some of the sex appeal that a wine red BlackJack II has, Samsung's SPH-i325 Ace is probably going to please an awful lot of people because of all the things it does well, and the fact that it appears to have no real shortcomings at all. While I am a bit concerned about how easily the chrome on the d-pad started coming off, I still give it an enthusiastic "Highly Recommended" rating.

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User Reviews


Greatest phone yet!

I just got this phone and I am really enjoying it. I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer so I had high expectations for Windows Mobile 6.0. I find it a lot easier to use than the Black berry Curve 8330 and has way more software for it. I just got 7 Blackberry Curves for other employees and the AC...More
I just got this phone and I am really enjoying it. I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer so I had high expectations for Windows Mobile 6.0. I find it a lot easier to use than the Black berry Curve 8330 and has way more software for it. I just got 7 Blackberry Curves for other employees and the ACE for myself. They cannot do anything they want easily like they can with the Samsung ACE. If you are familiar with Windows then you will be right at home with this phone. Best phone I have had yet. Less
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